Welcome to Walkies,
We are a friendly and reliable dog walking service based in Smarden, Kent with over 5 years experience.
Fully insured and DBS checked we pride ourselves in being extremely flexible and tailoring your dogs walks around your individual needs.
Our passion is working with larger breeds although we cater for all shapes and sizes. We are more than happy to take on dogs with behavioural issues who can often become isolated, only escalating the situation.
We have many dogs who have been trained by the renowned behaviourist and rehabilitation specialist Helen Masters. We have a great relationship with Helen and often work with her when any issues arise with our dogs.
Claire and Jayne grew up together, even living next door to each other for a time. They have worked together in pubs and restaurants for most of their adult lives. Now running Walkies together guarantees dogs and their owners are never let down due to holidays or illness. Jayne and Claire now have the privilege of walking over 20 dogs and are always pleased to welcome new dogs and their owners.
I have lived in Smarden all my life, growing up at The Chequers Inn where I trained as a chef. I have two girls aged 6 & 2 and our gorgeous German Shepard, Amber. Having owned a variety of animals from fish to ponies I had a passion for animals from a young age. Having my first child enabled me to change careers and pursue my dream of working with animals. Walkies was born and I haven’t looked back!
I have lived in Smarden for 37 years. I am a mother of four and have two beautiful Boxer dogs, so you can imagine my house is rather lively! I have owned Boxers for over 10 years so I’m quite skilled in their boisterous behaviour and lovely temperament. I currently own Ruby who is 8 and Mr.Chips who is 4. Chips visits the village Pre School for pat days so we can teach children big dogs are not scary. Walkies started 6 years ago as I adore all dogs and wanted something to do which would encompass my love of dogs, exercise and the school run! My four children are 10 years, 7 years, 2 years and 3 months. They adore all animals and often pester me to go on walks with my new canine friends!
Claire and Jayne have been walking my German Shepherd, Bonnie Tyler, for almost two years, and have built up a wonderful relationship with her
She really looks forward to being picked up, and recognises the sound of their cars as they pull in - Claire changed her car recently, and it took Bonnie at least a week to get to know it!!
"Walkies" provides a reliable, friendly and professional service and I would recommend them highly
Phoebe & Tula
Claire and Jayne are very reliable dog walkers and my two dogs love them. The dogs get a good long walk and lots of exercise. Walkies is an invaluable service and I couldn't manage without them.
We have been using Walkies since our dog was 8 weeks old (she is now nearly 2) Claire and Jayne are exceptionally reliable, flexible, enthusiastic and friendly.
It was very clear from my first conversation with Walkies that our dog would be well looked after when we were away. The induction meeting with Walkies where they met our dog and we discussed our requirements really put me at ease. Our dog clearly adores the team who walk her for us and loves the time she spends with them. I would have no hesitation recommending them.
Lizzie & Tom
Meika & Kyra
We have been BFF's with Jayne and Claire for nearly 5 years and get to see them most days of the week, once if not twice a day, which is the highlight of our day and always pleased to see them. We sometimes even get to see them at weekends and have sleepovers which are the best as we get spoilt with lots of strokes, cuddles and even though they have their own dogs share the sofa which we are not allowed to do at home.
We know our dad goes out in the morning and comes home at night and not sure where he goes though we always know when he is gone Jayne and Claire will be visiting us. They are our BBF's who come to visit just us, take us for walks and we get that girly time that all us girls need!!!!
As we have got older we occasionally have a few problems that Jayne and Claire notice and ensure we are always safe and healthy.
They are our BFF's.
Meika and Kyra (two 13yr old Siberian huskies).
I have utilised the services of Walkies for over five years and apart from the excellent and professional service they provide they put the health and welfare of my girls first and I trust them implicitly. More importantly my girls trust them and see them as part of our family.
Without them and the service they provide, from the regular walks to last minute assistance when getting home from work doesn't go to plan they always have a solution.
Quite simply I would not have been able to ensure the safety, health and welfare of my girls over the last five years without the animals first priority level of service they provide.
If you love your dogs and believe that it is your responsibility to give them the best life they can have then you could do no better than to have Walkies help you to do that.
Alfreda & Rolo
Claire and Jayne have always been both professional and friendly. I now know that I/we can go out for the day safe in the knowledge that our terriers will be walked and looked after. Whilst I've been convalescing over the summer Jayne and Claire's help has been invaluable. They also walked my daughters two labs whilst they were here- no doubt a welcome contrast to our somewhat unruly terriers, who have to be walked on the lead. One of our dogs is q nervous of other dogs and an unexpected bonus of the dog walking service is the socialisation she has benefited from.
In short I no longer feel guilty, nor need rely on the generosity of friends, when I'm out for the day, as I know my dogs are being well looked after.....they are both always so pleased to see either Jayne or Claire.
8 The Acorns, Smarden, Kent, TN27 8QS
Val Freeman has been Claire and Jayne's family vet for as long as they can remember.
Claire had her first work experience placement with Val and helped on their farm as a teenager.
We always recommend Green Lane Vets to our customers
Helen Masters has worked with both Jayne's dogs and we cannot recommend her highly enough.
From puppy classes to behavioural issues Helen always works wonders with all dogs.
Claire and Jayne have a great relationship with Helen and often receive her support.
Claires dog Amber has received myotherapy treatment from Jackie at Snowy's with great results.
Jackies patience and understanding of each dogs individual needs shows in her treatments provided to the animals.
Matthew Connelly has designed and developed this website.